The Raptor Foundation

LOCATION

WOODHURST, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

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Permanent home to over 250 birds of which there are 40 different varieties. This is a unique opportunity to meet and learn about birds of prey. Depending on weather and time of year flying demonstrations are held, usually three times a day and audiences have the chance to participate in displays. There are nearly 60 birds in the flying team, so each display has a different set of birds. Educational trail linking to the education room. Indoor flying area. Ask about activity days, animal experiences sessions, membership and adoption. There is a new exhibit on snakes, spiders and meerkats. Learn how they cope in the wild and handle some of them.

The Raptor Foundation
The Heath, St Ives Road, WOODHURST, PE28 3BT
Phone : 01487 741140

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Ramped areas, blocked paved paths
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-5. Closed 25-26 Dec and 1 Jan

About the area

Discover Cambridgeshire

To the west of East Anglia is Cambridgeshire, a county best known as the home to the university that makes up the second half of ‘Oxbridge’ (the other half is Oxford). As well as its globally renowned educational credentials, it also has a rich natural history; much of its area is made up of reclaimed or untouched fens. These are low-lying areas which are marshy and prone to flooding. The lowest point in the UK is at Holme Fen, which is some 9 feet (2.75 metres) below sea level. Some of the fens had been drained before, but it was in the 19th and 20th centuries that wide-spread, successful drainage took place, expanding the amount of arable and inhabitable land available.

Ely Cathedral was built on an island among the swampy fens, but now sits among acres of productive farmland, albeit farmland criss-crossed by miles of flood-preventing watercourses. Oliver Cromwell was born in Ely, and his family home can still be visited. Cambridge itself is a beautiful and historic city, with any number of impressive old buildings, churches and colleges, and plenty of chances to mess about on the River Cam which gave the city its name.

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